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  • January 31, 2017

Jamestown community benefits from BCBSND Rural Health Grant

Funds used for signage, people counters to establish walking route downtown

FARGO – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) is pleased to announce Central Valley Health District (CVHD) was awarded a $1,560 BCBSND Rural Health Grant. The grant was dedicated to purchase signage and people counters to establish a signed walking route in downtown Jamestown.

According to the grant application, "This is a great project for the Jamestown-Stutsman County community, as there are excellent parks and trails in existence," said Brittany Lipetzky, CVHD public relations coordinator. "However, they are underutilized and need signage improvements to increase the walkability. This project will help increase awareness of the importance of walking as well as accessible options available in the community."

The BCBSND Rural Health Grant Program is a collaborative with the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The purpose is to support local health care providers and their communities by offering funding for projects that champion increased physical activity and promote the health and well-being of rural North Dakotans.

"Our commitment to North Dakota extends well beyond the products and services that deliver peace of mind to our members. It extends to supporting the very communities that we serve and where our members live and work," said Tim Huckle, BCBSND president and CEO.  "We are so impressed by the local collaborations that are formed in support of these quality projects."

Through an agreement with BCBSND to help develop and administer the program, CRH facilitates the application process and review, notifies the grantees of their award determinations, and monitors each program's progress through the year and releases the grant funds. CRH has administered the program since its inception. A complete listing of the recipients from each cycle of the program is available on the CRH website, http://www.ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/bcbs-grant-program.